Fall apart

verb (intransitive, adverb)
to break owing to long use or poor construction: the chassis is falling apart
to become disorganized and ineffective: since you resigned, the office has fallen apart

verb phrase

To lose one’s usual poise and confidence;losecontrol; LOSEone’sCOOL: Even the seasoned troupers fall apart (1945+)
Collapse, break down, either physically or mentally and emotionally. For example,
This chair is about to fall apart
, or
After his wife died, he fell apart
. For synonyms for the latter usage, see


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